Diesel engines emit a complex mixture of air pollutants, including both particles and gases. Diesel particulate matter includes
soot, metallic abrasion particles, sulfates, and silicates.
Because of their small size, inhaled particles may penetrate deep into the lungs. Exposures have been linked to symptoms
such as headache, dizziness, nausea, coughing, difficulty in breathing, and irritation of the eyes , nose and throat. Prolonged
exposures can lead to heart disease, lung disease, and lung cancer. It has been estimated that hundreds of New Jerseyans
die or suffer respiratory illnesses every year from harmful diesel particulate matter.
Diesel Particulate Concentrations in Outdoor Air, by New Jersey County, NATA 2005
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